You want to have kids, and for one reason or another, having your own is not in the plan. So now you’re considering adopting. Becoming a foster parent is one path to adoption and there are many children in the foster care system waiting for a family. Continue reading
The moment you send a picture of yourself to someone else, consider it public information. It only takes a second for the recipient to forward it to friends (or your parents), or to post that pose on Facebook. As a result, you may face embarrassment and ridicule. Continue reading
Your children need to hear that they have a great future ahead of them, that being different is a GOOD thing. Praise them. Value what’s important. Make 2013 radically different–you can change your family tree and break these generational patterns for good. But it doesn’t happen without you taking action. Continue reading
Many moms and dads are filled with self-doubt, but the reality is that most of the judgments we make about our parental abilities are unnecessary. A good parent is a confident, modern parent. Rid yourself of the guilt and worries about being a good parent and go on to enjoy parenthood and the joy that it brings. Continue reading
At lunch time, I found some of my old friends. I ran up to them and started asking what they had done on summer break. Already, they had new friends. They were not mean to me, but somehow I felt left out. After lunch they returned to their class with their new buddies and I wandered off to my solitude amongst strangers. Continue reading
Words of praise are powerful and can be used to bring out the best in your child. Children love nothing more than the approval of their parents, so let them know just how grateful and pleased you are when they behave in a desirable way.
Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading
Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading
It is easy for children to become disrespectful, especially when it seems that so many other people, including adults, are acting in a disrespectful manner. You are the most significant influence in the life of your child, so above all, make sure you become an example of how to act respectfully.
In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading
The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
It is never too early to teach children the basics of emotional intelligence, and once they begin to recognize their own feelings, empathize with others, and manage conflict effectively, they are well on their way to creating a healthy social life.
It’s not always what a parent wants that’s important. Developing a child’s self-esteem is a parenting responsibility and steps should be made from birth to make sure the child feels good about himself. Continue reading
Staying involved as a parent is important, especially with teenagers. When you ask questions to obtain a better understanding of your teen’s social life, you show how much you care. If you aren’t always successful in getting your teen to open up, don’t give up on asking questions!
No parent wants to learn that their child is being bullied. No longer just playground harassment, bullying has moved into the twenty-first century with scare tactics on social media websites, text messages, and emails. Continue reading
The behavior of parents affects both the personality and social development of their offspring. Younger children often mimic or emulate parents, but during adolescence an individual begins to step away from parental influence and more toward peer influence in a desire to be different. Continue reading
As a young person yearning to be seen as an adult, you can achieve this by demonstrating your ability to make responsible decisions and understanding the reasons behind your parents’ concerns. Remember though, your teenage years are short, so enjoy the time you have before you need to grow up! Continue reading
If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
If parents stay out of the way, siblings really can resolve the majority of their disputes, but in their own way and not without squabbling, and often not exactly as their parents would have wanted. Continue reading
If there is one hot button to be aware of it is this; teenagers will test the resolve of their parents until breaking point. They will break you down, until you give up. Therefore, you need to be consistent, even during times when your teen is gradually wearing you down to the point of making you want to pull your hair out or shout at the top of your lungs. Continue reading